Tuesday, February 28, 2012

First Diantha Shawl

This was the first Diantha shawl I knit, and was set up as a mystery knit-along.  The yarn was handspun from a beloved natural gray fleece given to me by my friend Tammy.  The sheep lived in Colonial Beach VA on a small farm.  I spun the yarn and then knit it into this wonderful shawl, with a few pretty beads.  I sent it back to Tammy a couple of weeks ago,  as a surprise gift to her.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pink Handspun Diantha Shawl

I spun this yarn almost a year ago from a mixed batt made by Beth, from Whorling Tides, and knew that this design was a perfect match for it.  I also was worried about running out of yarn and this design, Diantha, from Susanna from ArtQualia Designs was easy to change if necessary to conserve yarn.  It is the second one I made this year.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Crimson to Onyx Gradient Shawl

I finished this piece a few days ago.  The bottom braid shows the wool before I spun it into a 2-ply light fingering yarn.  I wanted to use up all the yarn so I searched in ravelry's database and found a gorgeous design called "Cloud Illusions" by Boo Knits and can be found through ravelry.  I used up almost all of the yarn and the shawl has been well-received by all who have seen it.   The lovely wool top is from Fiber Optics Yarn and is the merino/silk gradient.